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Old 07-03-2004, 02:33 AM   #1
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water questions

i just got my 30gal full of sw today and the sg 4 hours later is 1.023 im gonna check it again in the morning...what is the ideal sg? i have my 2 pumps running and a heater (water is at 82 F good?) i also have 35lbs of sand (15base 20live) the water was very cloudy at first now (4hourslater) i can see the back of the tank but it is still very cloudy and unclear...is this because i dont have my rock in yet to filter the water? and will this clear up? is this normal? i have 30lbs of rock on its way from hirocks right now...when i get that in i will add 10lbs of live rock and start my cycle off...is there anything else i need to do to the water before i cycle? and after the cycle is complete is there anything i need to do before my first fish(chemicals? or stress coat like fw or anything of the sort)
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Old 07-03-2004, 02:37 AM   #2
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NO CHEMICALS!!! Yes the things you are mentioning are normal, and no there is nothing else you should do until your rock gets there.

As far as the sg it will vary a little depending on what you want in your tank as far as corals, and fish. I keep my at around 1.022-1.023.
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Old 07-03-2004, 02:43 AM   #3
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i will have my base rock mid week (30#) then im planning on 10# of live rock will this be enough to kick off the cycle? do i need a shrimpy? and is my temp good?(82F) this is a fowlr tank...i really hope im doin everything right...i feel like i am
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i will have my base rock mid week (30#) then im planning on 10# of live rock will this be enough to kick off the cycle? do i need a shrimpy? and is my temp good?(82F) this is a fowlr tank...i really hope im doin everything right...i feel like i am
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Old 07-03-2004, 02:56 AM   #5
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I try to keep my temp around 80, but many others like 82, and then many others like 78. I think your ok at 82 for the max temp. Some fish and corals you may want in the future may not like the water that warm. I try to find a medium for the fish and coral that I keep. Most fish will adjust to the tank conditions, what hurts them is drastic changes in temp and water quality.

Also I think that your lr will be enough to start the cycle, but what I would do is go ahead with the shrimp, and get the cycle going. The sooner the better.
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Old 07-03-2004, 03:08 AM   #6
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so u are saying to go ahead and put the shrimp in now before my base and live rocks get here? i didnt know it this was healthy for my lr....if this is ok them im gonna get a shrimp tom. also exactly what kinda shrimp do u use and where do u get it
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Old 07-03-2004, 03:11 AM   #7
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Is your LR cured? Are you going to cure it in a seperate container?

For a 30 gallon, I would use about 1/2 of a large fresh shrimp from the grocery store.
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im gonna get the lr from lr.com 10#...so start the cycle before i get any rock in the tank? i planned on curing the base rock in the tank since it is all new
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plz explain the exact order u recommend 2 start my cycle....sorry im a newbie and need explaining thank u so much rev
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Old 07-03-2004, 03:22 AM   #10
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To be completely honest with you, that was a good question in which I am not totally sure of. I don't want to tell you something that will not be good for your tank. I didnt realize you already ordered the lr, and I dont know if you should add the shrimp, since your putting the lr in next week. Sorry, I am still learning as I go. Great question though. Go to bed, and when you wake up, you'll have the answer you want, when the other smarter people check this thread out. Again sorry no def. answer right now, I just want to be sure. Also you are more than welcome to ask as many questions as you like. Ask me as many as you want, and I'll answer them to the best of my knowledge.
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